Month: June 2018

A World Cup-inspired PFT Live draft

As PFT Live prepares to go on hiatus until training camps open, we concluded the Chris Simms co-host days with a draft inspired by a sporting event that will fill much of the time between now and then.
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Stats had the idea, which I initially hated. With the World Cup taking soccer players from a wide variety of soccer clubs and arranging them by home country, we picked the best collections of NFL players based on the colleges they attended.

As the attached video shows, Simms got his ass kicked. And he knew it. And Stats agreed, as did Twitter. In a landslide.

Check it out, chime in below, and make the case for other schools we may have missed.

Credit Dahlin for scoring points with Buffalo sports fans early on, as he was sporting a Buffalo Bills hat during a Sportsnet interview that aired before Larry Csonka Jersey the draft.

It’s amazing to put on the Buffalo Sabres jersey, Dahlin said after being picked. I’ve been there twice. I love that city and I can’t wait to get everything started.

Again, maybe he’s innocent of the latest allegations. But he apparently did enough to put himself within the bubble of plausible accusation — and given his history and the then-pending rape lawsuit, that’s just dumb.

It’s still not clear what the NFL contends that he did, but multiple reports indicate he’s not being suspended for failing to timely report the allegation, but for the underlying conduct. Which means that the alleged victim in this case told a sufficiently compelling story to the NFL, and/or Winston didn’t.

Which means that Winston did something that invited an allegation that at a minimum will mar his career and at worst could completely derail it. At this point, much depends on what the NFL specifically concludes, and the manner in which media and fans react to it.

Greg Bird (L), 36.2 percent, New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners (RHP Felix Hernandez): Hernandez has looked better lately yet still struggles away from Safeco Field (7.72 ERA, compared to 3.83 at home) and has surrendered a.350 wOBA to lefty Jayson Tatum Jersey opponents. Bird can often be the word with his short porch at home and when staring down righties.

Madden 19 underrates Larry Fitzgerald, Chandler Jones

Madden 19 underrates Larry Fitzgerald, Chandler Jones More Some of the player ratings for the upcoming Madden NFL 19 game have been released and/or leaked. For the Arizona Cardinals, running back David Johnson gets a lot of love, coming in with the second-highest running back rating in the game at 92, behind only Le’Veon Bell. However, two other Cardinals players are rated lower than they should be.
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Given Campbell’s Parcells pedigree and both playing and head coaching experience, Ballard is likely right. 

Jim Bob Cooter has quietly become one of the better offensive coordinators in the NFL over his past few years with the Detroit Lions.

Cooter interviewed for the Detroit vacancy this offseason, but the Lions passed him over in favor of Matt Patricia. 

He stated earlier this offseason that he’d only received permission from his wife, Giselle Bundchen, to play for two more seasons, Andrew Whitworth Jersey and in an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, revealed that the end of his career may be coming sooner than we think. I think about it more now than I used to, Brady told Winfrey, per the Boston Herald. Brett Favre Authentic Jersey I think I’m seeing there’s definitely an end coming sooner, rather than later.

As far as just how long he’s willing to continue playing, Brady kept things somewhat vague. As long as I’m still loving it, he said. As long as I’m loving the training and the preparation and willing to make the commitment. But it’s also, I think what I alluded to a lot in the [ Tom vs. Time ] docu-series, there’s other things happening in my life, too.

J.D. Martinez proving to be worth every penny

J.D. Martinez’s message is loud and clear, backed up by home runs, exit velocity and launch angle: He was worth the money.

Martinez entered last offseason as one of the top free agents after a four-season run as one of the game’s top hitters and coming off a monster 2017 campaign with the Tigers and Diamondbacks in which he hit 45 home runs and slugged .690 in 119 games.

He remained unsigned through the winter meetings and through January and into February. Finally, after spring training had already started, Martinez landed in Boston where everyone had predicted, giving the Red Sox the power bat they needed after finishing last in the American League in home runs in 2017. He signed a five-year, $110 million contract on Feb. 26, and while it took him seven games before he hit his first home run, he hasn’t stopped mashing since.

Martinez was entering his age-30 season. Too risky for a long-term, nine-figure contract suggested some critics, pointing to some of the free-agent busts in recent years who signed deals that took them into their mid-30s. The market also hasn’t been kind to corner outfielders and first base/DH types in recent years and some teams might have felt Martinez was limited to a DH role — if not now, then certainly within a couple of years.

One source said Winston could be notified as early as Friday, but others think it will be handed down sometime in the next week, per sources. An appeal could be discussed, but they have proven to be largely fruitless in the past, most recently with Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended six games last August.

Winston would lose $124,000 in base salary for a three-game suspension because his base salary is only $705,000 this season. His base salary for next season is scheduled to be over $20.9 million, reducing the chance he would consider appealing this three-game suspension.

NFL investigator Lisa Friel helped spearhead the investigation that would see the suspension of another NFL star.

ESPN Tallahassee host Jeff Cameron initially reported this week on his talk show that Winston was bracing to be suspended.

Although the alleged incident occurred in March 2016, it did not surface until BuzzFeed reported the accusation in November 2017. The NFL initiated its investigation — with Friel at the forefront of it — and the Buccaneers have been waiting to hear from the league.

The league began its investigation in November 2017 when a woman, who identified herself as Kate, told BuzzFeed that Winston reached over and grabbed her crotch while waiting at a drive-thru at Los Betos Mexican Food at 2 a.m.

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Zach Brown: We’ll have it out for Terrelle Pryor at joint practices

Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor should probably keep his head on a swivel when the Jets share the practice field with Washington during training camp.
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The two teams will have joint practices before an August preseason game and Washington linebacker Zach Brown said that it will provide him and his fellow defensive players to do something they weren’t allowed to do when Pryor was their teammate last year.

If I were him I would’ve never made a move like that in the first place, Garrett said. Me, I’m to competitive to try and ride Authentic Chaz Green Jersey on somebody’s coat tails to get a W. But for him, you might as well stay at the spot you’re at now. There’s no point in leaving since you’ve already taken that moniker where he’s been called the snake and cupcake and all that. You might as well stay and just keep on winning.

Just keep on winning. In other words, the opposite of the Browns.

If Sam Darnold isn’t under center on Sept. 10 in Detroit, it won’t be the Jets holding him back. They’re giving the prized first-round draft pick every opportunity to win the job.

Winslow’s wife, Janelle, and father, Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, issued the following statement on Friday: On behalf of our son and my husband, we want to reiterate our love, support and affection for him during this difficult process. We will always be there for him and we know the true facts will come out.

Winslow, who faces multiple life sentences if convicted on all charges, Womens Brian Robison Jersey pleaded not guilty on Friday. His next court appearance is set for June 25.

Tampa Bay gave the Giants a third-round pick and swapped fourth-rounders to acquire Pierre-Paul, whose $12.5 million cap hit is the third highest on the team. While with the Giants, Pierre-Paul’s OTA attendance was spotty, in part due to his wanting a new contract and rehabbing injuries in various years.

You’ve gotta think about it — respect isn’t given, it’s earned, and his resume speaks for itself, fellow Bucs defensive end Vinny Curry said, per ESPN. So you know a guy that’s been in the league at the top of the mountain for 95 percent of his career — 5 percent due to injury — so you already know what he’s bringing, how he’s coming.

In an interview discussing how her own coming out story became fodder for the Emmy Award-winning episode of Netflix’s Master of None, Lena Waithe talked about proudly entering into a room knowing she would make people uncomfortable.

Chicago Bears bring back orange alternate jerseys for 2018 NFL season

Welp, at least Niklas Kronwall Jersey they’re not going all-in with a Color Rush version.
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That could be the reaction of many Chicago Bears fans amid Friday’s announcement that the team is bringing back orange jerseys as the alternate option for two games in 2018

Current deal: The franchise tag can be pretty lucrative, especially when a player gets it in consecutive offseasons. Bell is due to make $14.544 million for the 2018 season.

This might seem Authentic Christian Jaros Jersey like a case of a biased former teammate giving his fellow Tiger a boost, perhaps with a tinge of unrealistic expectations. But this prediction is also coming from a running back who just got a firsthand experience of playing the position as a rookie bellcow back with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The result: 268 rushes for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns, as well as 36 receptions for 302 yards and an additional touchdown, all in 13 games.

Kay is believed to be the highest-paid local baseball announcer in the game. He took that mantle when fellow Fordham alum Vin Scully retired from the Dodgers after the 2016 season.

Ahead of the 2008 trade deadline, the Cowboys gave the Lions first-, third- and sixth-round draft picks in exchange for Williams and a seventh-rounder. At the time, Williams was a year removed from a 1,310-yard Pro Bowl season, but he caught just 19 passes in 10 games down the stretch in Dallas that year and pulled in just 50 percent of the passes thrown his way in the ensuing two seasons. 

That led to his 2011 release, and the 2004 No. 7 overall pick was out of football a year later. 

Harbaugh could have a delicate task managing that development. Show me the starting quarterback in the NFL who would be thrilled by the prospect of losing snaps to the up-and-coming understudy.

Browns’ DE Myles Garrett rips Kevin Durant for joining Warriors: ‘KD broke the league’

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett criticized Kevin Durant in a Jakub Vrana Youth Jersey radio interview that aired Thursday, saying Durant took the easy way out by signing with the Golden State Warriors and chose to ride on somebody’s coattails to get a W.
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Garrett said he believes the NBA needs to add a hard salary cap to create more parity in the league and dissuade general managers from building their teams around a handful of star players.

When asked on The Fan what he would do now if he were in Durant’s shoes, Garrett said he would stay with Golden State — though I would’ve never made a move like that in the first place.

Me, I’m too competitive to try and ride on somebody’s coattails to get a W, Garrett said. But for him, I mean, you might as well stay at the spot you’re at now. There’s no point in leaving since you’ve already taken that moniker where he’s been called the snake and cupcake and all that. You might as well stay and just keep on winning.

I was an artist at taking No. 1 receivers out of the game, and I was pretty damn good at it, Peterson said, via the team’s official website.

Under new head coach Steve Wilks, that role will change. Instead of being used almost exclusively in press coverage on the team’s top receiver, Wilks will move Peterson around, have him line up off the ball more, John Simon Jersey and even rush the passer on blitzes.

It should be fun, Peterson said. I’m looking to make a ton of plays this year. I’m looking to start jumping routes now. I’m looking to be a little bit more aggressive off the ball, and be the same as I am when I’m in the receiver’s face.

Playing off coverage more often should give Peterson the chance to make more plays on the ball, utilizing his athleticism and reaction speed. Over the past several seasons, teams have mostly avoided throwing Peterson’s way. After earning seven interceptions in 2012, he has three or fewer in each of the past five years, including just one in 2017. For comparison, Richard Sherman, who entered the league with Peterson in 2011, has 32 career interceptions, 11 more than PP’s 21.

Richard N. Velotta of the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Monday published an interesting look at the data on the Raiders’ stadium construction in Las Vegas.

This paragraph in particular has some juicy details if you’re a numbers nerd like me:

The idea of a governor placing a bet in the open outside of, say, Nevada would have been unthinkable even a year ago. But here we are.

The pace will only increase as we enter this new gambling world.

Wallach, a gaming and sports law attorney with Becker & Poliakoff in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said the New Jersey provision sounds more vindictive than good public policy.

This seem to be a highly unorthodox statutory provision that could be interpreted as targeting the leagues indirectly through a casino, Wallach said.

Five pro and college sports leagues — including the NBA — sued New Jersey continuously to stop the state from instituting sports betting over the last seven years. They won until the Supreme Court last month overturned a 1992 federal ban on such wagering.

The good news for Buffalo is that it looks like Allen is fully embracing the Bills Mafia and the Bills Mafia is fully embracing him. As long as Allen can lead the Bills to the playoffs more than once every 18 years, his popularity will likely stay pretty high in Buffalo.

Reich spoke to the media after Luck. Following his opening statement about the start of minicamp – right, sorry; Tuesday was the start of the Colts’ three-day minicamp – the first question to Reich mentioned that Luck has, in fact, thrown an actual NFL football. Reich’s sheepish. He’s giggling. Everyone’s giggling. Well, almost everyone.

OK, sorry. I confess, Reich says, and this ordained minister – he was a Presbyterian pastor in Charlotte, where he attended seminary before getting into coaching – puts his hands together in supplication.

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The Eagles are currently in the midst of four days of organized team activities.

Eagles teammates Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long had previously said they will not attend the celebration. Former Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith also said he did not plan to attend.
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Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said when the visit was announced that he planned to attend, adding he didn’t see the event as a political thingeven if some of his teammates don’t feel the same way.

While I disagree with this decision, I will not let it silence me or stop me from fighting. The national conversation around race in America that NFL players forced over the past two years will persist as we continue to use our voices, our time and our money to create a more fair and just criminal justice system, end police brutality and foster better educational and economic opportunities for communities of color Art Shell Jersey and those struggling in this country.

Pittsburgh, which had managed a total of three runs in its previous four road games, ended its losing streak at three.

Nova (3-5) allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings to snap a four-decision skid and pick up his first Brad Nortman Jersey win since April 15. He was activated before the game after missing the two weeks with a sprained finger.

I like to take the ball every five days, he said. Sometimes you don’t think about your performance, because you believe in yourself and you think that you can do your job out there.

My finger was bothering me a little bit my last couple of times out there and I didn’t help myself. Today I was finally 100 percent healthy, he said.

Manager Clint Hurdle agreed: He was efficient. That was the guy we hadn’t seen much in his last five times out.

Julian Edelman suspension: Controversial TB12 trainer denies involvement

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is reportedly facing a potential four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, but controversial TB12 trainer Alex Guerrero is denying any involvement.
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Edelman spoke positively of his rehab Tuesday before news broke of his suspension Thursday, saying how lucky he was to be back on the field.

It’s been good. Any time you get to go out and see the fellas, and play with them, and talk with them, and be in the huddle, and look at guys, and participate in drills, that’s what you play the game for, ultimately, Edelman said, per The Boston Herald. It was tough to watch it all on the sideline last year. To come out here, and just do little things, strap on the helmet, put some perspective how lucky you are to play the game.

Edelman plans to appeal the suspension.

Madden NFL 19 will release August 7 for those buying the $80 ‘Hall of Fame’ Edition which features Terrell Owens on the cover. The standard edition will follow on August 10. Besides PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the game will also be releasing on PC for the first time since 2007.

CHICAGO It could have been the worst night of his life, but Mike Montgomery turned a terrible moment into an opportunity after getting kicked off his high school basketball team a decade ago.

Montgomery was a rising two-sport Jacques Plante Womens Jersey star, and basketball was actually his better game, but the 6-foot-5, 215-pound lefty had an issue that Robyn Regehr Jersey showed up only come hoops season.

After struggling at the plate most of his Cubs career, Jason Heyward suddenly is swinging a hot bat, as the Phillies found out the hard way.

What’s the ceiling for these former top prospects whose stats suggest they were touted for more than they could deliver?

UConn hires former coach who tripped NFL player

UConn hires former coach who tripped NFL player More The University of Connecticut has hired a former NFL coach to the men’s basketball team who made national headlines for tripping a player. UConn announced Wednesday it has hired Sal Alosi as the team’s director of human performance. The 41-year-old will replace Ed Streit, who was last season’s strength and conditioning coach. Alosi was suspended and fined $25,000 by the New York Jets in 2010 after he tripped a Miami Dolphins player during a game. He was later hired by the University of California, Los Angeles, where he got into a confrontation with Sean P. DiddyCombs in 2015.
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Demarcus Lawrence: I wanted to include a defensive player on this list, and no one fits better than the Dallas pass rusher who exploded for 14.5 sacks last year. He’s been franchise-tagged, and will make $17.143 million this fall with a chance to really cash in on a 2019 market for defensive players that should be rearranged by new deals for Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack. Oh, and the Cowboys need him to be good, and he won’t sneak up on anyone this time around. Tony Romo. Yes, that makes five quarterbacks. And yes, this makes one broadcaster who was innovative and new and amazing last fall.

He and his staff would go to conference media days too, to network with players and coaches. A lot of this, in fact, mirrors how scouts for teams do their jobs. All of that has been satisfying for Savage, as has his ability to open doors for young people in the scouting world. Savage’s last act will be hosting the Senior Bowl’s scout school, which he launched five years ago and annually brings in 20-24 participants.
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From that pool, there are more than 25 alums working either for NFL scouting departments or in recruiting for major colleges. Savage will miss these parts of it, of course, but he felt like this was the time to move on because Authentic Nolan Ryan Jersey much of the work was starting to repeat itself and he wanted a new challenge. And while he wouldn’t divulge what’s next for him (he said he does plan to keep calling Alabama games), I did ask if he wanted to go back to working for a team; he didn’t rule it out.

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